Student Affairs

2014-2015 Catalog Year

Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs is responsible for providing services and opportunities for students that will enhance their experiences at FGCU and support their efforts to engage the faculty during their academic studies. The goal of the Division of Student Affairs is to complete the university experience of students through extracurricular activities and programs across the university.

Specifically, the Division of Student Affairs develops programs and offers services that facilitate student academic progress and social maturation; assess student needs; assist students in understanding FGCU, policies, procedures, and governance, and to encourage campus involvement; enhance the social and cultural environment through student activities and programs; serve as an institutional resource with regard to information about students; promote an environment appreciative of ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity; encourage a public spirit among students that works towards the common good of Florida Gulf Coast University, Southwest Florida, the State, and global community.

Numerous offices dedicated to student development comprise the Division of Student Affairs. These offices are described below.

Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation offers students, staff, and faculty recreational programs and facilities that contribute to the overall educational experience at FGCU.  We believe in:  educating and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices; fostering diversity in abilities, cultures, ideas, and beliefs; promoting student leadership and development; being engaged with our community; and operating with a student-centered philosophy.  Currently, we oversee six program areas (Aquatics, Intramural Sports, Fitness, Sport Clubs, Informal Recreation, and Outdoor Pursuits) and operate five recreation facilities (Fitness Center, Outdoor Complex, Waterfront, and Recreation Fields).  Please visit the Campus Recreation website http://www.fgcu.edu/CampusRec or call 239-590-7935 for more information.

Career Development Services

Career Development Services assists students in preparing for and achieving their career goals. We offer individual advising on job search preparation and career planning, as well as provide helpful resources in the Career Center and on our website. Job fairs, graduate school fairs, recruiter visits and other special events are scheduled through the year. We also offer the use of a web-based job/internship listing system and resume database at www.collegecentral.com/fgcu. Please visit our website at http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/careers or call 239-590-7946 for more information.

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office is concerned with the overall quality of student life at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Dean of Students Office works directly with students to help solve problems and to assist in individual and group crisis management as well as administer the student conduct process. The office cultivates a caring and supportive campus environment while preparing students for leadership in a dynamic, multicultural society. The office actively promotes campus involvement, diversity and retention through student organizations. Please visit the website http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/dos/ or call 239-590-7900 for more information.

Eagle News

Eagle News, the student media group at Florida Gulf Coast University, represents the diverse voices on campus with fairness. We select content for our publication and our website that is relevant to the student body, faculty and staff. Members are committed to reporting with accuracy and truth. Our purpose is to encourage conversations about issues that concern the on-campus community. Eagle News views every culture with equal respect and believes every person must be treated with dignity. Eagle News, founded in 1997, is the only student produced publication on campus and is entirely student run. For more information, visit http://www.eaglenews.org

Fraternity and Sorority Life

The Office of Greek Life (OGL) at Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to supporting all Greek letter organizations upon expansion through chapter development. This office promotes an environment in which leadership service, scholarship, and campus life can flourish and in which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional integrity. Please visit the website http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/GreekLife/ or call 239-590-1299 for more information.

Multicultural Student Services

The Office of Multicultural Student Services promotes academic and personal growth of traditionally underserved students, works with the entire campus to create an institutional and community climate of justice, promotes access and equity in higher education, and offers programs that educate the campus about diversity. For more information, visit the website http://www.fgcu.edu/mld/ or call 239-590-7991.

Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct at Florida Gulf Coast University serves to promote a safe and secure community of civility, integrity, and student learning while treating each student with dignity and respect. The Office serves as a resource for students concerning their rights and responsibilities to their community, as well as providing assistance to faculty, staff, and students regarding student conduct matters. Please visit the website http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/StudentConduct/discipline.html or call 239-590-7904 for more information.

Office of Student Involvement

The Office of Student Involvement creates an experiential learning environment to enrich students’ academic endeavors through programming and student organization and individual leadership development. The office supports the development of successful and civically engaged members of the community by providing quality services and programs through organizational development, event programming, and leadership development that meet the needs of Florida Gulf Coast University students. Please visit the website at http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/StudentInvolvement/ or call 239-590-7739 for more information.

Student Government (SG)

The Student Government (SG) provides students with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and abilities. One of the primary roles of SG is to be the “voice” of students. In this capacity, the SG facilitates the flow of information among the student body, faculty, staff, and administration. The SG provides a mechanism for addressing student concerns and provides opportunities to communicate suggestions that may enhance the student experience at FGCU. The SG is responsible for recommending the annual budget of the use of Activity and Service (A&S) funds to the University President through their legislative process.  Additionally, they allocate undesignated A&S funds throughout the year for special requests to support the goals of FGCU.  Please visit the website at http://fgcusg.com for more information.

Office of Outreach Programs

The purpose of the Office of Outreach Programs is to secure grant funding for services which provide programs to increase the graduation, recruitment, and retention rates of typically underrepresented students on the University campus. The federally funded TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program increases retention and graduation rates of eligible students including low-income, first generation, and college students with disabilities through identified support services. The state funded College Reach Out Program (CROP) was established in 1983 by the Florida Legislature in order to identify, motivate and prepare underrepresented middle and high school students to complete post-secondary education. The Public Schools Enrichment Program through the Scholars’ Clubs, is a locally developed program which provides enrichment opportunities and promotes academic excellence in the elementary, middle, and high schools. Please visit the website http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/Outreach/, or call 239-590-7834 for more information.

Office of New Student Programs

The mission of the Office of New Student Programs is to assist new students and their families in making a smooth transition to the university setting by providing accurate, useful, and timely information that focuses on the resources of the institution as well as a complete understanding of the factors that impact success in college. The services of the office include orientation programming, academic counseling, and parent/family outreach that are purposeful, caring, and student-centered. Based upon theoretical models of college student development, services are educationally-based, technologically enhanced, family centered, and delivered with courtesy and respect for all.

First Year Advising

The Office of First Year Advising provides academic advising to prospective first-time-in-college (FTIC) students, university freshmen, and high school dual enrollment and early admission program participants. The professional counselors blend individual needs with available resources to assist students in developing their academic goals and taking steps to ensure their academic success. Please visit the website at http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/advising/ for more information, or contact us at 239-590-7875 or advising@fgcu.edu.

Eagle View Orientation

Eagle View Orientation (EVO) facilitates the transition of new students and their families into FGCU by introducing them to the offices and services of the institution and helping them learn about the educational opportunities and personal responsibilities that come with being a college student. In this way, Eagle View Orientation (EVO) supports the academic mission of the university by serving as the gateway to completing the FGCU experience. Please visit the website at http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/NewStudentPrograms/orientationmain.html  for more information, or contact the office at 239-590-7875 or orientation@fgcu.edu.

Parent and Family Programs

Parents and families perceive their student’s college journey as a shared experience to a much greater extent than ever before. In light of this complex cultural dynamic, it is imperative that the roles and responsibilities of the student, the university, and the family be appropriate and balanced to ensure the success of the students who attend FGCU. To that end, the Office of New Student Programs provides programs and services to assist the university in clarifying the changing roles of the student and the family while acknowledging and supporting the rights of the family to know about, and be involved in, the college experience. These services include Eagle View Orientation for parents and families, Eagle Family Weekend, an online newsletter, and means for outreach to the families of incoming students. Please visit the website at http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/NewStudentPrograms/parentandfamilymain.html for more information or contact the office at 239-590-7875.

Office of Housing and Residence Life

The Office of Housing and Residence Life offers a number of housing options to suit student’s needs. Their primary purpose is to provide a safe, well-maintained place for students to live while attending the university. They also strive to create a living environment that is conducive for the personal and academic growth of students during their college years. The office provides numerous resources and opportunities for students to develop a strong connection to the university. Students will also have the opportunity to meet students from diverse backgrounds and cultures and develop new friendships and relationships Please visit the website at http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/Housing/ or contact the office by telephone (239-590-1700).

Counseling and Health Services

Adaptive Services

The primary goal of the Office of Adaptive Services is to provide services and accommodations that will enhance the learning process of students with disabilities. As described in the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2009 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, disabilities include learning, speech, visual, auditory, mobility impairments and other disabilities as determined by individual need. In addition, the Office of Adaptive Services houses the Adaptive Learning Lab, which provides current assistive technologies, computer equipment and adaptive software programs that will aid in the enhancement of learning. Specialized tutoring services and a disability counselor are also part of the service to students with disabilities. Please visit the website at http://www.fgcu.edu/adaptive/ or call 239-590-7956 for more information.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides accessible and quality counseling and therapy, consultation, outreach education, and assessment for the university community. Services are based on acceptance, understanding, respect and care for all who seek services. Currently registered students are eligible for free counseling services. Counseling and Psychological Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

If a student experiences a mental health crisis/emergency after hours, a CAPS professional can be contacted through the University Police dispatcher at 239-590-1911. Please visit the website at http://www.fgcu.edu/caps/  or call 239-590-7950 for more information. To make an appointment, come to the CAPS office, 239 Howard Hall.

Prevention and Wellness Services

Prevention & Wellness Services (PWS) is the health and wellness education resource for FGCU students, encouraging them to live well and be well while in college. PWS provides programs and events to the student population on topics such as nutrition, alcohol, stress and sexual health. Leadership opportunities are available through Peers CARE, the PWS Peer Education group, where students receive training on various wellness topics and support the programming and efforts of PWS. Located on the right-hand side of the Wellness Center, PWS also offers a free resource area, where students are welcome to come by and pick up information on virtually any wellness topic and talk to staff if desired. Please visit the website at http://www.fgcu.edu/Wellness/  or call 239-590-7733 for more information.

Student Health Services

Florida Gulf Coast University offers a number of health services to its students. Located in the Wellness Center Building, the Student Health Services, a member of the American College Health Association, provides a variety of services including basic medical care, physical exams, gynecological exams and birth control, pregnancy testing, limited prescription medications, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, laboratory tests, free HIV testing, TB skin testing and immunization. An afterhour’s nurse telephone system is available to assist with any medical concerns while the clinic is closed. The staff consists of licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, RN's, and clerical staff. Student Health Services is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Please call 239-590-7966 for information or visit the website at http://www.fgcu.edu/studenthealth/.

Testing and Assessment

The Testing Center's mission is to assist all students in assessing their knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to higher education. This is accomplished through the use of assessment and testing instruments that have been selected based on their wide use in higher education with consideration given to the validity, reliability, effectiveness, and cultural fairness of the instrument. The Testing Center adheres to the highest standards and testing protocol and operates in compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulations with special regard to test security and client confidentiality. Programs and services offered by the Testing Center strive to support and enhance a student's formal education, with a spirit that moves the student toward a successful future. Detailed information regarding tests, inventories, and review courses can be found through the FGCU Testing website: studentservices.fgcu.edu/testing, or call the office at 239-590-7955.